Pelvic Floor Dysfunction 101

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is the inability to properly coordinate pelvic floor muscle activation and relaxation. It is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide variety of disorders that occur when structures (muscle, fascia, nerve, tendon, ligaments) in the pelvic floor are not functioning optimally. Although symptoms present differently, pelvic floor dysfunction can occur in both females and males.  In order … Read More

Daily Solutions to Detox 2020 From Your Body and Mind

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Is anyone else ready to kick 2020 to the curb? As we sit on the cusp of more severe restrictions and an even deeper lockdown, I’ve noticed a shift. I no longer want to curl into a ball and hide, I want to thrive. I’m pretty done with feeling sorry for our collective selves at this point, I’m ready to … Read More

How to Track Cervical Fluid to Optimize Fertility

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One of the many fascinating things a woman’s body does is send hormonal signals every month that create physical changes in the body that indicate when she is most fertile in her cycle. Cervical fluid is arguably the most important of these signs to track if trying to get pregnant OR trying to avoid it! Cervical fluid is what many … Read More

Gains Without Pain: How to Safely Return to Sport & Fitness

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Recently, Body Co’s own chiropractor Dr. Peter Johnston and I (physiotherapist, Jordan Fortuna) got together to discuss the basic principles around evaluating/managing your workout routine in order to maximize the effectiveness of your program. Whether you are a seasoned vet or a rookie in the sport and fitness world, the principles we discussed are applicable across the board and can … Read More

3 Essential Pelvic Health Practices for Pregnancy

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Recently I was at a mom and baby class to speak about pelvic health. I always start by asking the moms if they have had any experience with pelvic floor therapy. I am happy to report that after 6 years of doing this work, now the majority of the hands go up. Most women generally recognize that bringing a new … Read More

5 Reasons Why You Might Be Losing Your Hair

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5 Common Causes of Female Hair loss For women, increasing hair loss can be both a scary symptom and a major cause of stress. Although it is common to go through periods of increased hair loss, this is not a normal symptom for women and is a signal your body is sending that something is not right.  There are many … Read More

How Does Massage Therapy Help with Scar Tissue

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What is scar tissue? Scar tissue is made up of collagen fibres. Collagen fibres are fibrous connective tissue that is less elastic than muscle tissue.  When you have had surgery or an injury, collagen fibres are laid down to help heal the body.  Since the collagen fibres are less elastic than other tissue, scar tissue can lead to adhesions and … Read More

10 Ways to Manage Your Anxiety

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1 in 5 Canadians will deal with a mental health issue by time they are 40.  5% of Canadians suffer from anxiety 8% suffer from major depression 63% of people say they suffer from stress Both stress and anxiety are on the rise with COVID-19 and there are predictions for much higher depression rates as a result.   I have suffered … Read More

Train Smart, Not Hard: 5 Tips for Returning to the Gym Safely

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Oh how long it has been since your last trip to the [insert exercise facility here]. Do you remember it? The smells, the sounds, the way the barbell knurlings feel on your palms seem like the distant past. Whatever your previous method of training and exercise was, we are very quickly approaching a return to normal, somewhat, or at least … Read More